The finest saddle, nicest panniers, and clipless pedals aren't necessary to venture out of the city. If you can be comfortable on your bike for a few hours and have at least a rear rack, you are ready to embark on your first trip.
|Non-touring bike on the trail|
However, if you plan to spend a lot of time in the saddle touring, buying a touring specific bike is a worthy investment.
|Fuji Touring I've made upgrades to throughout the years|
Here are some things to look for when shopping for a touring bike: